How to shed more weight unveiled by Slimming World - and it's not cutting food

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How to shed more weight unveiled by Slimming World - and it's not cutting food

Slimming World has shared the secret to shedding more pounds.

New research, carried about by the weight-loss organisation, has revealed more than half of slimmers diet in secret.

The claim fears of being judged for being overweight, embarrassment about needing to lose weight and being worried people will make fun of them lead them to their solitary approach.

However, in the study of 2,000 adults, those who were open about their weight loss were those most likely to succeed.

Over a quarter of secret slimmers say they struggle to feel motivated and a similar number agree it’s easy to go off track as no-one would know.

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Of those who had previously tried to lose weight in secret, 38% would now tell everyone about future weight loss attempts, with another 32% happy to share with anyone who asked if they were trying to slim.

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Those solo slimmers aged 18-24 are most likely to diet in secret, while men who are secretly dieting are more likely than women to eat or drink unhealthily in front of others, such as accepting sweets, cakes and biscuits in the office, to keep up appearances.

Despite this, of all those who are dieting or trying to lose weight, 37% value the camaraderie of losing weight with a group and how you can motivate each other.

And 34% feel the accountability that comes hand in hand with losing weight with others would keep them on track.

And the favourite ways to lose weight this New Year include ditching takeaways, researching weight loss methods online, cutting out carbs and joining a gym.

Dr Jacquie Lavin, Special Advisor on the Science of Weight Management at Slimming World, said: “Worries about our weight and the decision to start a weight loss journey can feel deeply personal, so it’s natural to think that a private approach might be best. And for lots of people the idea of admitting you need help or joining a group can be daunting.

"Losing weight isn’t easy, though, and going it alone is especially hard. Slimming World members say that it’s the shared motivation, plus feeling valued, cared for and understood, which act as a powerful and positive incentive to lose weight, and to keep going if you’re struggling.

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"This is often missing from weight loss attempts that we embark on alone and it’s what makes joining a Slimming World group so effective. Making the decision to lose weight and improve your health is a positive step and absolutely not something people should ever feel embarrassed about.

"These findings show people should embrace the encouragement and support of losing weight with others, even if that means stepping out of their comfort zones. They’ll be sure of a warm welcome at a Slimming World group.”

Dr Jacquie added: “The power of the peer support members give one another is what sets Slimming World apart. Members become part of a community, which helps them to realise that they’re not alone in the challenges they face.

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"That’s combined with a personalised approach which helps every member discover more about themselves as a slimmer, identify their own pitfalls and danger zones, and create plans to overcome them.

"As well as following the healthy eating plan which enables you to still eat the foods you love and become more active at your own pace, members are encouraged to dig deep into what motivates them, and to set realistic weekly goals to help them achieve their weight loss targets.

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Slimming World member Sophie Ratcliffe, who has lost 11st since joining her local group in Hayle, Cornwall, says: “In the past I’d tried to lose weight but with no real structure in place. I wouldn’t tell anyone and would start counting calories or cutting out carbs because I thought it would be easier that way than making a big fuss about trying to slim and then not being successful. Ironically though, because of that it never worked.

“When I joined my local Slimming World group, it took a lot to walk through the doors because I thought I would be judged, but everyone was really friendly and welcoming.

"I expected it to be restrictive and prescriptive – I thought I’d be weighed in front of the whole group, told what to eat and given a weight I should be. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was weighed privately, my weight was confidential and I chose my own target weight.

"I found Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan was flexible enough to fit around my life and the things I enjoyed eating so I never felt hungry and being in a group of people, who were all like me, from the same place as me, made me realise I wasn’t alone and I started to feel like if they could do it, so could I.

"And, this time, with the support of a group I did! I always wanted to feel in control of my weight and now I finally am, and doing it with Slimming World was much easier than doing it on my own.”

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